Future of Grizzlies in Memphis, Memphis BBQ contest starts

Good morning, Memphis, where the Grizzlies whooped that trick in a record-setting game in raucous FedExForum to advance to game six against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Semifinals.

But, first, speaking of the Grizzlies, the team’s lease at FedExForum is up in 2029 and the process of keeping the team here has begun, our Samuel Hardiman reports in this story for subscribers.

Recent negotiations among Shelby County government, the city and the Grizzlies to amend the team’s current lease at FedExForum have served as a reminder that the team’s deal expires this decade — at the end of the 2028-2029 season.

To city government, it is not too early to start thinking about a second lease — at a renovated arena or something else.

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Brian Butrum, right, enjoys a crawfish boil at The Usual Saucespects booth during the Memphis in May World Championship Cooking Contest on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park.  The festival runs through May 14.

Memphis in May barbecue contest is back in full force

Yesterday marked the first day of the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition, where 215 teams are competing, our Gina Butkovich reports. The event wraps up Saturday at the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park. The weather will be steamy today.

This year’s competition is the first full-fledged Memphis in May barbecue contest since 2019. The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. A scaled-back version was held in 2021, with several COVID-19 restrictions in place.

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